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BARACHUUDAR

Real Name: Barachuudar

Identity/Class: Terrestrial piscine mutate

Occupation: Secretary of Defense, USA (High Evolutionary's Counter-Earth)

Group Membership: New Men of Wundagore (Cobrah, Lizhardus, Snakar, Weezhil, others)

Affiliations: Man-Beast, US military of Counter-Earth

Enemies: Hulk (Bruce Banner), Porcunius (Porcupinus), Resistance, Adam Warlock/Him

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: High Evolutionary's Counter-Earth

First Appearance: Incredible Hulk I#176 (June, 1974)

Powers/Abilities: Barachuudar has superhuman strength (lifting up to about 10 tons) and can have brief, quick movements. He has some training in fighting techniques. He is covered with scales, indicating he can swim (and likely breathe) underwater. As a New Man, Barachuudar has, at minimum, enhanced durability and stamina. He displays strong leadership capabilities.

Height: 6'8" (by approximation)
Weight: 380 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Black
Hair: None

History:

(Incredible Hulk I# (fb) - BTS) - The nefarious Man-Beast created a small army of New Men of Wundagore to counter the High Evolutionary. They eventually found their way to the High Evolutionary's Counter-Earth. Man-Beast secretly secured the presidency of the USA on Counter-Earth and installed several New Men (Barachuudar, Cobrah, Snakar, Weezhil) as close aides; Barachuudar was Secretary of Defense. These New Men were telepathically disguised to appear human to those humans around them.

(Incredible Hulk I#176) - Seeking to crush the Resistance, which supported his foe Adam Warlock, Man-Beast sent his four aides to retrieve the Hulk (Bruce Banner), who had just crash-landed on Counter-Earth. Arriving at the Washington Monument, where the Hulk sought respite from harassing military, Barachuudar ordered the troops open fire on the monument to expose the hidden Hulk. This led to an open brawl between the four New Men and the Hulk. The New Men were outclassed until Cobrah placed a tranquilizer mask on the Hulk and their foe fell unconscious as Banner.

(Incredible Hulk I#177) - The four New Men carried Banner to the White House's underground lab and presented him to Man-Beast. Still unconscious, Banner received a subdermal tracking probe and Man-Beast had Barachuudar activate the sonic probe, but it also unintentionally caused Banner's transformation into the Hulk, who smashed an escape into tunnels further below where he chanced upon Warlock and Resistance fighters headed by friend Porcupinus. Later, considering the Resistance base to be found, Man-Beast amplified the sonic probe and the Hulk went berserk. Man-Beast led his New Men into battle against Warlock and the Hulk. With the sonic probe broken, Banner returned and Warlock was overpowered for public trial and later televised execution.

(Incredible Hulk I#178) - Warlock's public death triggered Banner's transformation into the Hulk again, who rampaged through the execution stage and military. The four New Men tried to stop him but were shrugged off by the angry Hulk, who jumped off with Warlock's now-cocooned body. Man-Beast, angry that he could not conquer Counter-Earth, set out to destroy it instead, ordering his four New Men aides (all now openly visible as New Men) and military commanders mobilize for war. However, the military refused Man-Beast and his New Men, locking them out from the controls. The Hulk and Resistance fighters smashed through and fierce fighting ensued. But soon Warlock, now recovered and augmented, entered the room, and devolved Man-Beast and his New Men into their animal forms, thereby ending their threat.

Comments: Created by Gerry Conway, Herb Trimpe, Jack Abel, Roy Thomas.

It may be that Barachuudar survived his sudden reversion to fish form at the end if he was close enough to water. However, Counter-Earth itself was apparently destroyed by Thanos wielding the Infinity Gauntlet. However, in the wake of the multiversal collapse and rebirth in Secret Wars, there is again a Counter-Earth controlled by the High Evolutionary.

Barachuudar is colored green with silver armor in Incredible Hulk #177, but no clear shots are given.

    This profile was completed 08/14/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Barachuudar has no known connections to:


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Incredible Hulk I#176, p14, pan8 (main image)
   p12, pan1 (headshot)
   p12, pan2 (human illusion)


Appearances:
Incredible Hulk I#176 (June, 1974) - Gerry Conway (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Jack Abel (inker), Roy Thomas (editor, story conceiver)
Incredible Hulk I#177 (July, 1974) - Gerry Conway (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Jack Abel (inker), Roy Thomas (editor, story conceiver)
Incredible Hulk I#178 (August, 1974) - Gerry Conway (writer), Tony Isabella (script), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Jack Abel (inker), Roy Thomas (editor, story conceiver)


First posted: 09/03/2021
Last updated: 08/31/2021

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